Morelos Performance

BillStruthsBudgie

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Opening 15 I thought he looked to be up for it.

After that he faded away big time and was more interested in fouling and getting involved in nonsense

That said, he played a lovely pass in the lead up to the second goal and had Brown and Duffy riled

We badly need him to get back to his form of 2019 but sadly there’s no real signs of that happening anytime soon
That's exactly my take on it too. And as has been said elsewhere on this thread already, he is sloppy now (where he wasn't previously) and if he is to be our main striker, he is going to have to start scoring goals.
 

Jjbscotty

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Hmmm. He was very obviously playing a different role. Sit deep, let their CBs have it.

Neil McCann highlighted how well he (and Kent and Barker) held their positions and thus team shape, through the whole match.

It was arguably AM’s most mature performance against that lot.

Oh and ‘getting involved’? Give me that any day over Martin, Murphy et al meekly accepting bring bitch slapped in these games. We need bastards.
He was embarrassing the last 5 minutes of the first half in all honesty , there was absolute no need for him to be acting the way he was when we were cruising in the match.
 
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Recoba

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Agree with you 100%, The tactics have changed, his role has changed, and I'm surprised some people don't recognise it. Or maybe I'm not surprised as you need to watch The Rangers to see it
A change in tactics does not excuse a sloppy first touch and poor passing which has been constant now with him.

Its not a huge issue just now because we are playing well but we could be so much better going forward, especially once Roofe and Aribo are back and hopefully Morelos gets better as the season goes on.
 
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Oxymoron

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Thought he played pretty well overall but I wish he'd stop all the nonsense and deliberate fouls. Some of his link up play was really good but he also played some slack passes, one of which resulted in the mcgregor chance that goldson had to block.

Personally I'm very grateful he's still here given Roofe's current injury and general concerns about keeping him fit for a season.
 

AnglianBear

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He was VERY lucky to stay on the pitch. Had Brown chosen to go down during Slapheadgate Morelos would have been off. It was only a cheeky slap, nothing in it at all, but Morelos can't be doing that whilse he's a marked man.

His link up play, once again, was top notch. Exciting season ahead for him as the goals will return.
 

VelvetOrange

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Morelos is in the middle of a form slump. Thats reality. A striker whos goals have dried up. Gives the ball away in open play Player who has been asked to 'cool it' but still gambles on scottish referees.
Some will say it doesnt matter where the goals come from but you need a centre who looks capable of doing that consistently.
The true measure of him should be the goal count not this ' he ties up defenders' thing.
Yesterday was easy, but we need to build on it. Frankly we'll have harder games at other venues - thats where we'll need a goalscorer.
 

Forza_Napoli

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Was it petty? Yes
Was it a red card? No
Was he on a card? No
Do you think Stevie knows what his players are like? Yes
So if he’s that much of a liability why the feck does he kept getting picked by the manager even when the squad is full strength ?
I agree it wasnt a red card but can we trust refs in this coutry no? Was he charging about like a bull for the last 5 minutes of the first half yes. Striker wise we're not at full strength roofe has been out for weeks and itten is still bedding in. Like I said when he concentrated on the game he had a positive impact on the second goal. Like I said in another post both Alfredo and there striker struggled to hold the ball up yesterday our midfield took advantage of that there's didn't. Hes still a bit to go until hes the alfredo the first half if last season
 
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buster60

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That's my main criticism of him at the moment. I don't feel like he's the type of player who should be dropping back like he has, his passing just isn't good enough for the tactic. He struggles with the intricate, fast passing that we try to implement at times.

Needs to be our focal point in attack, when he did that yesterday he harassed their backline and gave them a lot to think about.

That’s absolute rubbish. He sets up a substantial number of attacks from his lay offs when he’s playing deep and always pulls defenders from their positions when they follow him around. He’s also well able to play his part in intricate play as was shown in our second goal. There’s plenty examples of how he’s been doing that all season.
Just like you, I would like him to be more around the penalty box but I guess Gerrard is perfectly happy where he is playing otherwise he’d soon be told to get up the park. There was one very bad pass he made yesterday which allowed Brown to stop what was a promising attack but then again all players are capable of messing it up from time to time. Other than that one I cannot recall any other bad passes he made.
By the way, there are plenty others in the team who are well able to score as we witness on a weekly basis. Morelos takes far too much stick on here from some folk.
 

Godrup99

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There are two ways to look at his performance yesterday.

He didn't play very well a striker.

He played the role of the most advanced front man brilliantly.

There's a difference between the two, he has the energy, strength and threat to be an utter pain in the arse to mark, to leave alone which makes him dangerous as he can flit into that striker role. With the pace of barker and skill of Kent, it was a very well laid out team with morelos not playing that deadly striker role we like. He did his job
 

artificialintoleranz

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He gave away a couple of really cheap balls in the second half within a short space of time, that is the only thing that stuck out for me watching the game he got wrong. Haven't watched the game back mind you.

I thought he had a good game. Really working for the team, not just for himself. I like the new way he is playing.

If he can add goals to it, he will be a much more complete striker than he was with just the goals. I know that sounds a bit daft, strikers score goals, but you know what i mean.
 

Vader

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I thought he was OK, kept their defence busy and linkednup with Arfield. Barker was a passenger and Morelos not at his best, yet we still dominated them, which is a huge positive.

I get the impression that Roofe is now our first choice striker anyway.
 

barrheadbear

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I thought he linked the play well, nice touches and one-twos but.......if he’s going to be our main striker he’s going to have to start scoring goals. Pretty simple.

Spot on, without goals no team can continue to play their main striker, it is after all the reason they are there.

Once Roofe is fit does SG play with both him and Alfie or is it just one from the two.

The one thing we cannot overlook is the simple fact that without goals Alfies value decreases alarmingly. I wonder if our Board already think they made a mistake in turning down Lille's £16m offer for our highest paid player. The only way that kind of fee is going to be offered once more is if we get him scoring big time again and that won't happen if he is sitting on the bench.

No doubt in my mind that SG has a dilemma on how to proceed with our misfiring star.
 

UlsterBear91

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I thought he was really poor again.

Couldn’t hold the ball up, his passing was shocking and didn’t do anything effective.

I miss our old Alfie and i can’t see him ever scoring against that lot.
 

Warren Hill

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We need to play with a centre forward who scores goals, we need a man who steps up in big games, McCoist style.
I do not get people's obsession with him. Id have him as 4th choice striker.
We have a real chance here and no room for Prima Donna's.
 

Teddyjohn

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Some lovely touches, some sloppy touches, never looked like scoring at all, continues to get involved in needless crap and bring attention to himself.

Just another day at the office this season for him. The sooner Roofe gets back the better IMO.
A fit Roofe and Aribo in place of Morelos and Barker yesterday and we’d have won that by four or five IMO.
 

Leo_Ger

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Mixed bag but wasn't terrible or anything.

He's still off where he was. Morelos of August to January last year probably scores against them yesterday.
 

Kingging

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He did give the ball away alot but that will happen when trying to make things happen. I was more bothered that he spent so much time on the wing or playing deep and definitely not bursting a gut to get in the box when we were on the attack. If that is deliberate from instruction the I don't think we're playing to his strength. But I'm an armchair fan and the guy that matters has turned us into a team of winners so what do I know
 

SDF

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A fit Roofe and Aribo in place of Morelos and Barker yesterday and we’d have won that by four or five IMO.

Barker was our main problem yesterday. Alfie for any faults, has the ability and game awareness.

Roofe or Aribo yesterday and we'd have cut them open at will.
 

covloyalrsc

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The positions Morelos took up at times were not what us, the Fans, historically want to see of a Centre Forward.
He won't score from the wings or deep. By doing so he was linking up play and dragging Duffy and his cohorts all out of position for us to exploit.
Maybe that was tactics Mr Gerard was wanting him to do. If it was then it worked. We pissed them all over the park and if you need reminding we won 2-0
 

Airdrieblue

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As a striker if you don’t score goals you need to bring other things!! He created chances, he occupied there back 3, in theory they should have 2 CB able to come out with ball. I think I counted twice all game they came out that way. If this was Roofe FF would be full of praise for him.

yes his slap was stupid, but how many kicks has brown and others done. We need to be wise and he didn’t get sent off so. Before Kent’s punch brown flicked his neck, FF said admire that
 

PMB1872

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He should have been taken off at half time.
I would have taken him and Barker off on 60 minutes. But I thought Morelos had an okay game, nothing more. I want my only striker to be getting into goalscoring positions and ideally scoring, not playing deep. Needs to start scoring soon and regularly or he should be benched for a while.
 

Bishy Bear

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I jumped into the match thread at half time yesterday and see he was getting slated, not just for his 'naughtiness' (that's what it is when any non-Rangers players does it right?) but for his all round play and at the time I thought he was actually playing decent.

Watched the game back and I stick by that, although I am sure many will disagree.

He definitely isn't playing the same type of role as the last couple of seasons but some of his link up play was really good. Dropping back and making clever (and accurate) passes out wide to open up space, making decent runs out wide himself and always being available.

It isn't the Morelos we are used to and he can still give a lot more but I think he was better than a lot of people are giving him credit for.

And for all his 'naughtiness' he definitely had Brown and Duffy wound up. Duffy's reaction should have been a red in my opinion and if it was Morelos that had reacted that way it would almost certainly have been.
Agree. He was heavily involved in both goals.

First goal, he took ball in turned and laid off Kent then got in behind for him. Then him and Goldson work together to create space for the goal.

Second goal, he has the one two with Arfield.
 

Paulski54

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I’m gonna stick my neck out and say buff was one of our better players, simply because he was involved in everything, build up, link up, he worked hard and tracked back. He was selfless at times when coke in from the right, getting the ball across. And he wasn’t scared to put the boot in when required. And when Lego tried to noise him up, he shouldn’t really have reacted but he wasn’t being aggressive towards him, but the fraudulent captain tried his best to get the wee man sent off, his best wasn’t enough. When he scudded duffer with his elbow into the ribs. I was delighted with that because he was showing he wasn’t to be bullied.
The wee man needs to score goals, but his general play at times is excellent still. Above average game for me and I’m happy with that. He gets a goal and he rips them to shreds, so he needs that monkey off his back soon.
 
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AppleBear

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I think it’s clear that he’s being asked to fulfil a certain role in terms of coming deep and linking more with the midfield, which he is doing better.

However, I think the management are still expecting him to transition in the game into space where he is capable of scoring and that’s what he is missing.

If he’s never in and around the box, he’s going to find it hard to reach the net.
 

CaptainCourageous

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I don't think either Barker or Morelos had particularly good games yesterday. Barker for the most part looked like a fish out of water. Morelos was wasteful in possession on a number of occassions and then was more interested in niggles with Duffy and Brown. Rightfully hooked after his yellow.

He still put himself about and gave them problems. He's far from his best just now.

You are allowed to discuss this.
 

coplandrearl36

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There are two ways to look at his performance yesterday.

He didn't play very well a striker.

He played the role of the most advanced front man brilliantly.

There's a difference between the two, he has the energy, strength and threat to be an utter pain in the arse to mark, to leave alone which makes him dangerous as he can flit into that striker role. With the pace of barker and skill of Kent, it was a very well laid out team with morelos not playing that deadly striker role we like. He did his job

At last somebody seeing it for what is is.
His role at Pittodrie, Easter Rd, Fir Park and now the Midden he’s maybe listed as the main striker, however the tactics dictate otherwise.
As a team we have learned how to play awkward away venues.
He deserves criticism over his home form but he’s doing what’s asked of him away.
 

GourockBlue50

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I would have taken him and Barker off on 60 minutes. But I thought Morelos had an okay game, nothing more. I want my only striker to be getting into goalscoring positions and ideally scoring, not playing deep. Needs to start scoring soon and regularly or he should be benched for a while.
He wasn't at his best. Too many slack passes and his slap at Broon was just mental.

Something needs to happen to get him back on track.
 

PalefaceRedskin

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I jumped into the match thread at half time yesterday and see he was getting slated, not just for his 'naughtiness' (that's what it is when any non-Rangers players does it right?) but for his all round play and at the time I thought he was actually playing decent.

Watched the game back and I stick by that, although I am sure many will disagree.

He definitely isn't playing the same type of role as the last couple of seasons but some of his link up play was really good. Dropping back and making clever (and accurate) passes out wide to open up space, making decent runs out wide himself and always being available.

It isn't the Morelos we are used to and he can still give a lot more but I think he was better than a lot of people are giving him credit for.

And for all his 'naughtiness' he definitely had Brown and Duffy wound up. Duffy's reaction should have been a red in my opinion and if it was Morelos that had reacted that way it would almost certainly have been.
I’ll need to watch it back but at the time I thought he had a really good 1st 25 mins and then as soon as he got involved with their moron of a captain his own game suffered.

We are a calm, precise team at our best. His best stuff is often instinctive. He’s definitely having to play a bit differently but I don’t think it comes naturally to him. He needs to be fully concentrated to do it and I don’t think he was for periods yesterday.
 

Mr. T.

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Are we expecting ‘the slap’ to be reported to the compliance officer? Three match ban on the horizon?
 

Harrogate Bluenose

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I jumped into the match thread at half time yesterday and see he was getting slated, not just for his 'naughtiness' (that's what it is when any non-Rangers players does it right?) but for his all round play and at the time I thought he was actually playing decent.

Watched the game back and I stick by that, although I am sure many will disagree.

He definitely isn't playing the same type of role as the last couple of seasons but some of his link up play was really good. Dropping back and making clever (and accurate) passes out wide to open up space, making decent runs out wide himself and always being available.

It isn't the Morelos we are used to and he can still give a lot more but I think he was better than a lot of people are giving him credit for.

And for all his 'naughtiness' he definitely had Brown and Duffy wound up. Duffy's reaction should have been a red in my opinion and if it was Morelos that had reacted that way it would almost certainly have been.

came really deep one time our midfield 3 were in front of him. They did not know how to handle.
 

Potnbear

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Total mixed bag yesterday, sometimes his link up play was great then extremed over to couldn't find a pass. Good to see the angry type Morelos but it's sad when he has to be subbed to keep 11 on the park. He's an enigma at the moment
 

PMB1872

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He should have been taken off at half time.
I would have taken him and Barker off on 60 minutes. But I thought Morelos had an okay game, nothing more. I want my only striker to be getting into goalscoring positions and ideally scoring, not playing deep. Needs to start scoring soon and regularly or he should be benched for a while.
He wasn't at his best. Too many slack passes and his slap at Broon was just mental.

Something needs to happen to get him back on track.
Agreed. I’d start Itten v Livi. We can see that guy can finish, but he needs games.
 
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